Turkish Rice Pilaf with Orzo

Homemade rice pilaf with orzo and a little parsley in an oval copper pan.

5 from 2 reviews

A light and fluffy rice pilaf with orzo recipe that comes out fluffy every time.


  • 1 cup rice
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • ¼ cup orzo
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 and 1/2 cup water, hot
  • Parsley for garnish


  1. Put the rice in a sieve. Rinse under hot water well to remove the starch until the water gets clear. Drain well.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large shallow pan. Add orzo and cook it over medium heat until brown, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add in rice and salt. Cook stirring occasionally until the rice gets bright white, about 5 minutes.
  4. Pour hot water over rice, cover the pan and bring it to boil.
  5. Bring the heat to the lowest when it boils and let it simmer until all the water is absorbed, for about 15 minutes. Remove from heat. Give it a gentle stir.
  6. Line the top of the rice with some paper towel. Let it rest covered for 15 minutes before serving.
  7. Gently stir with a wooden spoon or fluff with a fork, garnish with chopped parsley and serve.


Keywords: rice pilaf, rice pilaf with orzo